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Legal news from Friday, March 19, 2010
13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian authorites jailed a reform movement leader after an appeals court upheld [Kaleme report, in Persian] a one-year-sentence for spreading propaganda against the Islamic republic, according to an opposition website Friday. Hossein Marashi was a leading supporter of Mir Hossein Mousavi who opposed President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [JURIST news archive] [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine lawyers and activists protested Friday in front of the Supreme Court [official website] in Manila following Wednesday's ruling [judgment text; JURIST report], which held that the constitution does not prevent President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] from replacing retiring Chief Justice Reynato Puno prior to the May [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] on Thursday announced [press release] a final rule [text] restricting tobacco sales and promotions directed at youth. The Regulations Restricting the Sale and Distribution of Cigarettes and Smokeless Tobacco to Protect Children and Adolescents are a set of broad regulations [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Retired US Marine Corps General John Sheehan [official profile] testified [video] before the US Senate Armed Services Committee (SASC) [official website] on Thursday that he believes the Dutch military's inclusion of openly gay soldiers is partially responsible for the severity of the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the Bosnian civil [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's Independent High Electoral Commission (IHEC) [official website] on Friday dismissed allegations of election fraud [DPA report] from a member of the European Parliament [official website]. After the March 7 parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive], head of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq, Struan Stevenson [official website], [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Senators Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [official websites] on Thursday unveiled [WP op-ed] their proposal for comprehensive immigration reform. The plan entails four principal tenets: improving border security, creating a system through which temporary workers would be admitted, introducing biometric identification cards, and instituting a process to [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Thursday denied [opinion, PDF] a petition by former attorney general John Ashcroft [JURIST news archive] to reconsider its decision that Ashcroft is not entitled to absolute and qualified immunity in an unlawful detention case. By declining to [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] US citizen and Chicago resident David Headley pleaded guilty [press release] to 12 counts of federal terrorism Thursday, including charges related to the 2008 Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and an alleged plot against the Danish creator and publishers of controversial cartoons [JURIST news archive] depicting [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Gambian prosecutors on Thursday charged 10 men, including top military officials, with conspiring to overthrow the government of President Yahya Jammeh [official website]. The prosecution claims the men procured arms and troops [BBC report] in anticipation of a military coup. Eight of the ten men charged have been under [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Guatemalan criminal court ruled Wednesday that former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] can be extradited to the US to face charges of money laundering [indictment; press release, PDF]. Portillo, who was president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004, has been charged in the US District [read more]

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